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Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker Black

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1968 was a transitional year for Fender amps with tone that was still pure Fender but a look that was brand new. With a silver-and-turquoise front panel and classy aluminum "drip edge" grille cloth tr... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

1968 was a transitional year for Fender amps with tone that was still pure Fender but a look that was brand new. With a silver-and-turquoise front panel and classy aluminum "drip edge" grille cloth trim, the Princeton Reverb received a fresh new face as it remained the perfect recording and gigging amp. Small, light and moderately powered, it produced big tube tone, with world-class Fender reverb and vibrato effects. For countless guitarists ever since, the Princeton Reverb has been the go-to amp for classic Fender sound.

The '68 Custom Princeton Reverb Amp pays tribute to the classic look, sound and performance of Fender's late-'60s "silverface" amps. In a special twist, a modified tone circuit gives modern players greater tonal flexibility with pedals, and the amp's reduced negative feedback gives greater touch sensitivity and quicker onset of overdrive. The '68 Custom Princeton Reverb's single 10" Celestion TEN 30 speaker also delivers a more distinctively rock ˜n' roll flavor.

Comes equipped with Celestion Speakers (30-Watt speakers) for a more modern, punchy sound that breaks up nicely when pushed. It features reduced negative feedback for a more "touch-sensitive" feel, quicker break up and added harmonic richness.The 68 channels are wired in phase and can be blended for more tonal options, via A/B/Y box. "Custom" channel features a 50s Tweed "Bassman" tone circuit for more low mids and sooner breakup. ˜65 Reissues have the same "Blackface" tone circuit on both sides. The 68 Princeton Reverb has only one channel so it features the "bassman" tone circuit.

Who's it for: Players that love their amps to break up a little sooner, rock players, alternative players that like something a little different, players that use pedals, and players that love the look of "Silverface" amps.

FEATURES

12 watts of all-tube power
Single channel with reverb and tremolo
Modified tone circuit and reduced negative feedback
Single 10" Celestion TEN 30
SPECIFICATIONS
Electronics
Controls: Volume, Treble, Bass, Reverb, Speed, Intensity
Voltage: 120V
Wattage: 12 watts
Inputs: Two - (1/4", Input 2 is at -6dB)
Speaker Jack: Two 1/4" Parallel
Channels: One
Rectifier: Tube (1 x 5AR4)
Hardware
Pilot Light Jewel: Blue Jewel
Handle: Molded Plastic Strap with Nickel-Plated Caps
Front Panel: Silverface Style
Grill Cover: Black Textured Vinyl Covering with Silver-Turquiose Grille Cloth
Amplifier Depth: 9.5" (24.13cm)
Amplifier Width: 19.875" (50.5cm)
Amplifier Height: 16" (40.6cm)
Amplifier Weight: 34lb. (15.7kg)
Effects: Reverb, Vibrato
Speakers
Speaker: One - 10" Celestion TEN 30
Impedance: 8 ohms
Tubes
Pre Amp Tubes: Groove Tubes - (3 x 12AX7), (1 x 12AT7)
Power Tubes: Groove Tubes - (2 x 6V6)
Miscellaneous
Unique Features: Modified Princeton Reverb circuit with all-tube circuitry, hand-wired tube sockets, custom-made Schumacher transformers (like the originals), genuine Fender tube-driven spring reverb, genuine Fender tube-driven tremolo ("vibrato"), 1968-style Silverface aluminum trim around silver-turquoise grille cloth.
Accessories
FootSwitch: 2-Button Footswitch Included
Knobs: Vintage-Style Skirted Black Plastic
Cover: Fitted Cover Included
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Fender'68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker
 
4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Good power output (6)
  • Portable (6)
  • Warm / comfy (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
  • Performances (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
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    • Experienced (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Classic Fender Tube Break Up with Blowing the Roof Off!

I upgraded to the 68' Princeton from a Fender Blues Jr. The Blues Jr was good at what is meant to do, but the break up left a little to be desired. I...Read complete review

I upgraded to the 68' Princeton from a Fender Blues Jr. The Blues Jr was good at what is meant to do, but the break up left a little to be desired. I set out looking to get a vintage SF or BF Fender, but the challenge would be volume. I stumbled across this little Princeton at GC and gave it a whirl. Immediately after plugging in a Tele and hitting it hard I was sold. This amped is voiced a bit different than the Princeton ReIssue. The Break Up occurs earlier and the amp sounds more Bassman like. You can still get that great Fender Clean sound and of course real Fender Reverb! Very Versatile, I have ben using it for White Stripes, Black Keys, Nirvana, RHCP, Classic Rock, etc... So glad Fender came out with this beauty. It fills in the gap where a low wattage amp gets classic Fender Tube AMP cranked qualities without having to play in a stadium. Of course you could get a vintage Champ, or Princeton, but having a brand new AMP at 1/2 the cost of the Boutique amps and with no reliability concerns of a vintage. I just couldn't pass it up. Fender hit a hime run.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Must have got a bad demo in the store

I drove to guitar center today to try out the 68 Princeton Reverb. The amp sounded really good when turned up to about four on the volume knob, however the reverb did not work...Read complete review

I drove to guitar center today to try out the 68 Princeton Reverb. The amp sounded really good when turned up to about four on the volume knob, however the reverb did not work properly. When I tried out the reverb (switched it in via the footswitch), it was either all in, or all out. The reverb adjust knob did nothing. I asked for assistance from a GC employee, however they could not get it to work properly either. When he went to check for another one in stock he disappeared. Come on GC up your game. Have good stuff in the demo area, and when an employee says he'll check on stock have them follow through. I cannot recommend this amp due to the bad reverb circuit. Says something about Fender quality control.

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Little Amp with Powerful Punch

By Todd Huss

from Charlotte, NC

Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

This amp is an all tube delight. It is great for home use and will probably be great for small gigs as well. Will be great mic'd up. The Clean Tones are AMAZING! I have an Ibanez TS9 and Fulltone OCD overdrive pedals among other effects. It plays very well with pedals. The amp is touch sensitive. I enjoy plugging straight into the amp without using pedals. I had a Blues Deluxe; awesome amp as well. Just not what I needed for home use. Traded the Blues Deluxe in and used the credit to put towards the 68 Custom Princeton Reverb. You may think this amp is pricey for a 12 watt tube amp. But you pay for what you get. I Love It! I don't ever see letting this little beauty go. I could ramble on and on about how impressed I am with this amp. But I'm going to stop for now. Did I mention I love this amp??

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Classic Fender Tube Break Up with Blowing the Roof Off!

By Robert Nahorski

from St. Louis, MO

Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

I upgraded to the 68' Princeton from a Fender Blues Jr. The Blues Jr was good at what is meant to do, but the break up left a little to be desired. I set out looking to get a vintage SF or BF Fender, but the challenge would be volume. I stumbled across this little Princeton at GC and gave it a whirl. Immediately after plugging in a Tele and hitting it hard I was sold. This amped is voiced a bit different than the Princeton ReIssue. The Break Up occurs earlier and the amp sounds more Bassman like. You can still get that great Fender Clean sound and of course real Fender Reverb! Very Versatile, I have ben using it for White Stripes, Black Keys, Nirvana, RHCP, Classic Rock, etc... So glad Fender came out with this beauty. It fills in the gap where a low wattage amp gets classic Fender Tube AMP cranked qualities without having to play in a stadium. Of course you could get a vintage Champ, or Princeton, but having a brand new AMP at 1/2 the cost of the Boutique amps and with no reliability concerns of a vintage. I just couldn't pass it up. Fender hit a hime run.

(4 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Must have got a bad demo in the store

By Greg

from Fairfax Virginia

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Warmth
  • Great clean sound
  • Portable

Cons

  • Reliability

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

    I drove to guitar center today to try out the 68 Princeton Reverb. The amp sounded really good when turned up to about four on the volume knob, however the reverb did not work properly. When I tried out the reverb (switched it in via the footswitch), it was either all in, or all out. The reverb adjust knob did nothing. I asked for assistance from a GC employee, however they could not get it to work properly either. When he went to check for another one in stock he disappeared. Come on GC up your game. Have good stuff in the demo area, and when an employee says he'll check on stock have them follow through. I cannot recommend this amp due to the bad reverb circuit. Says something about Fender quality control.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    '68 Custom Princeton Reverb delivers that sweet tone!

    By Homey Jones Jr.

    from Ohio

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

      This little amp is amazing! It's a lot louder than you would think. In a chill jam session (funk, blues & soul) it will hold its own. The break up is great. Reverb is terrific. The vibrato is really sweet. You can't go wrong with this little gem!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wow, great amp!

      By The Jam

      from Philadelphia, PA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

        Great amp! Awesome break up and warmth when volume is turned up past 5.

         
        4.0

        Great Little Package

        By Tele88

        from Towson, MD

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

        I chose this amp because the 12w power and 10 inch speaker was best for my home use. It delivers Fender tone and warmth, perhaps not so much as a Deluxe, but it's there. It farts out a just a little bit. I originally bought the floor model but returned that due to a defect. The guys at GC ordered me a new one. Thanks to the good crew at Towson GC.

         
        5.0

        Incredible '60s sound

        By db

        from Modesto, CA

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

          As noted by others, it does start to break up after volume level 4, which can be countered somewhat by adjusting which pickups you are using and by reducing the gain on any pedals. But clean and clear under 4.5 for in-house use. Maybe some musicians like the breakup; it's just not my thing.

           
          5.0

          What an awesome amp!

          By NGuitarman5

          from Kingston, WA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

            I use the amp to gig with, but mostly for recording. At this point, I have nothing bad to say about the amp. I am very pleased with it.

             
            5.0

            I love it !

            By Andrew

            from Anaheim

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

              Sound good.

               
              5.0

              '68 Princeton Reverb Amp

              By the Oz

              from Virginia

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances

                Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

                This amp has the classic Fender sound. The sound is clear, warm, versatile and a great value.

                 
                5.0

                My Amp Search is Complete

                By Nexus6Andy

                from Tampa, FL

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Fender '68 Custom Princeton Reverb 12W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp with Celestion Ten 30 Speaker:

                  This amp sounds amazing right out of the box. The 12watts is powerful enough for a full band rehearsal, with drums, bass, and another guitarist. Mic'd, it's also plenty powerful enough for shows. The low wattage also allows amp breakup at a lower volume, so I no longer have to go deaf cranking an amp to a ridiculous volume.
                  A versatile amp that sounds beyond fantastic, I've never been this happy with an amp purchase before!

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